February 14, 2019

KCAI’s Graphic Design Program Ranks in Nation’s Top 5%

KCAI’s stellar Graphic Design program has been named one of the best in the country and the top program in Missouri by Animation Career Review. The online magazine ranked KCAI in the top 5% of all graphic design programs in the U.S. and in the top 4% of Graphic Design programs offering a B.F.A.

KCAI’s Graphic Design major stands out because of its emphasis on a cross-media skill set, with a rigorous approach to audience research, theory and conceptual problem-solving. Students are exposed to professional practices, concepts and skills integral to building rewarding careers. They graduate as confident, creative design thinkers who can not only adapt to change but also influence it

The full-time faculty, all practicing artists and designers, are key to the department’s success. “The faculty understands that we need to equip our students for their future career, not just mimic what’s happening now, as they may be practicing design beyond the year 2060,” says Department Chair and Associate Professor Tyler Galloway.

Galloway and Assistant Professors Lisa Maione and Adam Lucas bring a myriad of professional knowledge to the college including time working at national magazines and art directing at Wieden+Kennedy. They lead the students through collaborative community projects like the designing of posters for the Folly Theater jazz series, which gives students professional experience in presenting to clients and a chance to have their posters displayed outside the theater in downtown Kansas City.

The professional and educational value of the Folly collaboration is far-reaching, but according to Galloway, the project has an even bigger meaning.  “It’s so important for students to interact with other arts organizations like the Folly. Part of what we are teaching our students is the power of giving back and the importance of being civically engaged,” he said.

Learn more about the rankings here.

March 15, 2019

Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture Presents Visual Artist and Social Critic Titus Kaphar

Can art amend history?  Come and explore new narratives on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium with visual artist and social critic Titus Kaphar, whose art reimagines historical events. His paintings, sculptures and installations seek to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance. Kaphar is a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant, a 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant and a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grantee. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Ark., The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Perez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami, amongst others. This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment. The purpose is to bring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to give an annual talk to Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) students, faculty and the Kansas City community, as well as work with students and faculty in their studios. The Visiting Artist is selected through a process administered by a select group of representatives read more…

March 4, 2019

Exhibition at Haw Contemporary Showcases Past and Present Faculty Art

Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present, March 1- May 4 at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, celebrates seven decades of working artists on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, a community that values making, teaching, and learning art as interdependent, often inextricable practices. Beginning with and paying homage to Wilbur Niewald, who began teaching in 1949, the exhibition honors artwork by luminaries and pathbreakers such as Ken Ferguson, Warren Rosser, Lester Goldman, Jane Lackey, Jim Leedy, Carl Kurtz, Steve Whitacre, Hirokazu Fukawa, Erin Zona, and Milton Katz, as well as emerging talents appointed to the faculty as recently as 2018. In keeping with KCAI’s commitment to forging connections across and between all artistic disciplines and practices, Lineage and Impact represents a multitude of fields: animation, ceramics, drawing, fiber, fiction, film, music, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and video, as well as installations and collaborative works resistant to classification. Media on display range from cast glass to silicon circuitry, from combed cotton to works on canvas, from letterpress to digital print, from modular synthesizer to modern languages. This vibrant collection demonstrates the profound historical influence of KCAI’s long tradition of appointing outstanding artists to its faculty—several of the younger artists were read more…